Patrick Ewing will reportedly return to Georgetown as head basketball coach

As first reported by ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., the Georgetown Hoyas have hired former New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing as its new head coach on Monday.

In his 17 year National Basketball Association career, Ewing averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.

Ewing has never been a head coach at any level of basketball, but has spent the past 15 years as an assistant coach with four different NBA teams, including the Washington Wizards, with whom the Hoyas share the Verizon Center.

There was speculation that the gig might go to Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a protege of Thompson's biggest rival.

Patrick Ewing is returning to the Hilltop. Ewing returns to Georgetown without any head coaching experience, but the school's athletic officials were likely hoping his ties to the professional game would rejuvenate the program's recruiting efforts to lure top high school talent to the campus, as Thompson did for many years. Ewing, 54, is expected to leave his position as associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets immediately to begin building his staff. During his time as an assistant, Ewing has interviewed for several head coaching jobs prior to landing with his alma-mater of Georgetown.

"My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life", Ewing said in a statement. They seem to have a tendency to chase head coaches that have some sort of relationship and history with the program. He's going "home" in a sense and that's awesome for him. Patrick's son, Ewing Jr, served as an assistant coach under Thompson III while Ewing played for JTIII's father back in the '80s. Putting Georgetown back into the equation with Duke, UNC, Kentucky and Villanova will make for an exciting 2017-2018 season and tournament. He played his last two years in the league with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic before retiring. Ewing is the all-time leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played (143). In one particular instance, after nearly being plunked by an orange thrown from the stands, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim grabbed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if his fans did anything like that again. Both schools are in the Big East Conference.